"From nostalgic views of space adventure to the cultural importance of 1950s sf TV series, Miller and Van Riper's anthology is an informative read and a much-needed work on an often-overlooked period in television history. Understanding the cultural impact of these series - and the symbols of heroism and Americana contained within them - is an important step in learning why we care at all about sf media and the affective relationship we share with the genre.' - Science Fiction Studies
"A significant contribution to our understanding of sf in the 1950s." - Foundation
About the Author
A. Bowdoin Van Riper is a historian who specializes in depictions of science and technology in popular culture. His publications include Science and Popular Culture: A Reference Guide (2002); Imagining Flight: Aviation and the Popular Imagination (2003) and A Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists and Inventors in American Film and Television (2011). He was guest-editor, with Cynthia J. Miller, of a special two-issue themed volume of Film & History ('Images of Science and Technology in Film') and is the editor of Learning From Mickey, Donald, and Walt: Essays on Disney's Edutainment Films (2011).
Miller and Van Riper are also co-editors of the collection Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies, and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier (2012).